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Robinson Crusoe

By: Defoe, Daniel Richetti, John(Introduction by) Richetti, John(Edited by)

Part of the Penguin classics series
0141901055 / 9780141901053
257 pages
Quiz No: 200092, Points 27.00, Book Level 12.30,
Upper Years - Key Stage 3 Learn More
Reprint. This ed. originally published: 2001 Description based on CIP data; resource not viewed.

Daniel Defoe'sRobinson Crusoe, regarded by many to be first novel in English, is also the original tale of a castaway struggling to survive on a remote desert island. This Penguin Classics is edited with an introduction and notes by John Richetti.

The sole survivor of a shipwreck, Robinson Crusoe is washed up on a desert island. In his journal he chronicles his daily battle to stay alive, as he conquers isolation, fashions shelter and clothes, enlists the help of a native islander who he names 'Friday', and fights off cannibals and mutineers. Written in an age of exploration and enterprise, it has been variously interpreted as an embodiment of British imperialist values, as a portrayal of 'natural man', or as a moral fable. But above all is a brilliant narrative, depicting Crusoe's transformation from terrified survivor to self-sufficient master of an island.

This edition contains a full chronology of Defoe's life and times, explanatory notes, glossary and a critical introduction discussing Robinson Crusoe as a pioneering work of modern psychological realism.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) had a variety of careers including merchant, soldier, and political pamphleteer. Over the course of his life Daniel Defoe wrote over two hundred and fifty books on economics, history, biography and crime, but is best remembered for the fiction he produced in late life, which includesRobinson Crusoe(1719),Moll Flanders(1722) andRoxana(1724). Defoe had a great influence on the development of the English novel and many consider him to be the first true novelist.

If you enjoyedRobinson Crusoe, you may like Alexandre Dumas'The Count of Monte Cristo, also available in Penguin Classics.

'Robinson Crusoehas a universal appeal, a story that goes right to the core of existence'
Simon Armitage


5AK Interest age: from c 9 years, FC Classic fiction (pre c 1945), YFA Classic fiction (Children's / Teenage)

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